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Do not listen to the people who say that you cannot prepare for LNAT. You can, and you should, in order to maximise your chances of getting into the university of your choice. The more multiple-choice practice tests you do and the better your essay-writing skills are, the greater the chance you will score highly on the exam.
LNAT is supposed to assess your verbal reasoning skills – and like many other skills, it is something which you can improve with sufficient practice and following a few tips. Read our sections on “How to Prepare for the Multiple Choice Questions” and “How to Prepare for the Essay Section” to learn more about how to critically analyse arguments, interpret texts and write concise yet powerful essays
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See our LNAT Overview for more details about what the Law National Aptitude Test.
You need to take the LNAT if you are applying to any of the following universities:
To register for the LNAT you will have to first set up an account on the website of Pearson VUE (the official LNAT examination centre), by clicking HERE. You will need your UCAS Personal ID in order to do it.
When you complete setting up your account you can book your test slot and pay for the exam. You will be sent a confirmation e-mail that you need to print out and bring to the centre on the test day.
If you are an Oxford applicant skip to section 6
The earlier in the academic year, the better. This is to ensure the availability of your chosen exam centre and to meet the deadlines set up by admissions board. Booking of test slots usually starts on the 1st of August, while the examination starts on the 1st of September. Remember that the registration ends on the 15th of January and you need to sit the test before the 20th of January. You can complete the test before or after submitting your UCAS application.
If you consider applying to Oxford, you need to register for the LNAT by the 5th of October and sit the test before, or on, the 20th of October.
Late applications apply to international applicants only – you should contact your university for further details.
Typically, you will have to register for the LNAT before, or on, the 25th of June and sit the test before the 30th of June.
You can take the LNAT only ONCE between September and June. Unlike some other exams, you cannot repeat it until you get the desired score – therefore it is recommended that you maximise your chances and take time to prepare for it.
If you sit the LNAT during one academic year and you wish to apply to university the next year you will need to complete the test again. Your results will not be valid.
Within 24 hours of finishing the LNAT, the universities that you have applied to will be able to download your test score and the essay from Pearson VUE. They will know your results before you do. It is important that you check your email regularly (SPAM folder as well) because they may ask you for your LNAT ID number. However, you will be able to access your results in early February or August, dependent on what LNAT deadline you met. Remember that universities will only see your score, not the questions that you have chosen.
50 GBP at UK/EU centres or 70 GBP at test centres outside the EU. You have to pay as soon as you have booked the time slot – most credit and debit cards (MasterCard, Visa, American Express) are accepted. If you do not own any of those cards you may apply for an LNAT voucher. You must send cash or cheque which will be subsequently exchanged for an internet voucher.
There is no definite answer to that question, but the earlier you start, the higher the chances are you will do well. As cliché as it sounds, preparation is key.
It is difficult to estimate the impact of your Section A score on the success of your application because every case is different. You can have an excellent personal statement and LNAT essay but a lower LNAT score and still secure a place at your dream university. On the other hand, your LNAT score may be impressive, but your personal statement may not reach the standards of your target university. However, most universities are generally looking for scores that are above the world’s average. In the 2015/2016 admission cycle, the average score was 23.3/42. Each year the entrant’s mean average scores are getting higher and higher.
Firstly, arrive 15 minutes early. Candidates who are late to the test may be asked to rebook and pay for the test a second time. After you have arrived at the centre you will be asked to present both of the following: confirmation of your booking and photographic identification (a current signed passport, a currently signed photocard driving license or a current identity card issued in a country where the centre is located). If your centre is located in Australia, United Kingdom or New Zealand and you do not have any of the identification listed above you can also inquire for your school to issue an official letter signed by a deputy head teacher. You do not need pen and paper – you will be provided with it when you start the test. If something goes wrong (there is a fire alarm or disruption of any other kind) make sure you are given an incident number by a member of staff, so your university can later be notified of the event.